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This year we have four Regional Adjudicators for The Big Sing 2017.

 PEPE BECKER has sung professionally with a number of early music groups overseas; has been a soloist alongside renowned international singers such as Emma Kirkby and Andreas Scholl, and appears regularly as soprano soloist with chamber groups, choirs and orchestras throughout New Zealand.
Pepe also directs her own ensemble, Baroque Voices (founded in 1994);  has recorded for Radio NZ many times and features on several commercial CDs; has taught Musicianship at the NZSM; is a member of Voices NZ Chamber Choir; composes music; teaches piano, theory and singing, and also teaches karate and astrology.

Pepe will be adjudicating in East Coast, Manawatu/Whanganui, Wellington.

KAREN GRYLLS ONZM  is Associate Professor in Choral Conducting at the University of Auckland and is Artistic Director of the Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust, the managing body for the NZ Youth Choir and Voices NZ. Dr Grylls was Conductor and Artistic Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir from 1989 to 2011, and Artistic Director of Toronto’s Exultate Chamber Choir from 2011 to 2013.
Karen is often an adjudicator for competitions worldwide, is sought internationally as a choral clinician and regularly conducts masterclasses and workshops in Wales, England, North America, Canada and Australia.

Karen will be adjudicating in Auckland.

JAMES TIBBLES is Senior Lecturer in Early Music and Head of the Early Music Department at the University of Auckland. Beyond his university role, James is Artistic Director of the Age of Discovery and also Organist and Director of Music at St Patrick's Cathedral, Auckland. he is founder/director of the renaissance chamber choir Cantus Firmus, and until recently served as Deputy Music Director for the New Zealand Youth Choir.

James will be adjudicating in Nelson/Marlborough, Canterbury/West Coast.

ROSEMARY TURNBULL has enjoyed a distinguished career as a soloist, vocal coach and choral director. She has over 30 years' experience teaching singing in secondary schools and in her studio. Her choirs have been regular finalists in The Big Sing. As the recipient of a Post Graduate Fellowship, she studied singing, diction, accompanying and conducting at the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels.
Rosemary was contralto tutor for New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir for 6 years and was chosen as a Choral Facilitator for New Zealand Choral Federation, training with Simon Halsey and Andre Thomas, among others.
Her focus is now as choral facilitator, providing assistance and guidance to choral directors, as well as the continuation of her studio work. She is a vocal consultant for the New Zealand Youth Choir and a Peer Assessor for Creative New Zealand.

Rosemary will be adjudicating in Waikato/BOP, Taranaki, Otago/South Canterbury, Southland





The adjudicators for The Big Sing Finale 2017 have been announced.


JONATHAN GRIEVES-SMITH is Artistic Director of Hallelujah Junction, Australia’s professional choir, and has held the titles Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus Master, Director of Music at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Music Director of Brighton Festival Chorus, the Hallé Choir, and the Huddersfield Choral Society. Acclaimed as an outstanding conductor of music from the baroque and classical periods, he is also a passionate advocate for new music, commissioning and premiering such composers as Brett Dean, Arvo Pärt, Eriks Ešenvalds, John Tavener, Gabriel Jackson, Alfred Schnittke, and James MacMillan. He has conducted the BBC Singers, Rome’s Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Europa Cantat, and the Flemish Federation of Young Choirs.

RACHAEL GRIFFITHS-HUGHES is Director of Music at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Hamilton and a Senior Lecturer of the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, where she teaches Music History and Musicianship. She is director of the University Chamber Choir and for 15 years was conductor and Music Director of the Hamilton Civic Choir. Besides working with the adult choir at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Rachael works with Jayne Tankersley directing and training the 26-voice junior choir.
In 2014, Rachael formed the ensemble Vox Baroque, a 12-voice choir who perform 18th century cantatas once a month, with a small band of instrumentalists.  Rachael also performs as harpsichordist and organist with the early music ensemble Affetto.

ANTHONY RITCHIE studied composition at Canterbury University, and the Liszt Academy in Hungary and is currently Associate Professor of Music at Otago University. He was a foundation member of The National Youth Choir and has helped establish two new choirs in Dunedin. Anthony’s works include concertos for violin, viola, flute, guitar and euphonium, 4 symphonies, chamber music, and 6 operas. His CD A Bugle Will Do: Symphony No.3 and Other Symphonic Works, recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, was awarded classical album of the year by The Listener, and was finalist at the NZ Music Awards, in 2012. His work is increasingly known overseas: in 2014 A Bugle Will Do was recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and performed by the Ulster Orchestra, and Salaam was premiered by the Belgian choir Aquarius. Most recently, his oratorio Gallipoli to the Somme was premiered to critical acclaim in New Zealand.


Finale 2018 Archives
2016 Festivals Download the list of regional festival dates, venues and coordinators 2016 Download Wellington regional awards here Download Auckland Special Awards here Download Auckland Certificates here Download the Waikato awards here Download the Manawatu/Whanganui award here Download the Canterbury/West Coast awards here
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